Nintendo Download: 11th July (North America)
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
A long awaited Atlus sequel, retro goodies, Pinball Wars and more
Another week, another Nintendo Download update for you, North America. This week brings Atlus RPG fans a 3DS title that's been long craved, one of the most famous film franchises of all time finally gets its pinball fix on Wii U, and some retro goodies join movie licensed games on both current systems. So without further ado, to the details.
Wii U eShop
Star Wars Pinball (Zen Studios, $9.99) — It's taken a good while to arrive, and ultimately never came as DLC for Zen Pinball 2, but the tables based on the iconic franchise finally make their way to Wii U. This is the standalone title that includes XP, a dynamic front end depending on the side you choose and leaderboards that reflect the community's sides of the force, and its three tables ultimately combine for a solid offering; we decided the Force was strong with this one in our Star Wars Pinball review.
Wii U Famicom Anniversary Promotion
Donkey Kong (Nintendo, $0.30) — This is the final part of the Famicom Anniversary Promotion to grace the Wii U Virtual Console, bringing another classic for some loose change. This is the NES port of the arcade original — perhaps not actually the very best version — and you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong review to see how it stacked up on the original VC; this will be available from 15th July.
Wii U Virtual Console
Metroid (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES title that started it all, confusing gamers in its maze of a world before revealing that the hero was a heroine, ahead of its "rescue the Princess" time, arguably. The series hit its 2D heights with Super Metroid, but the groundwork was laid down in this 8-bit debut. We still think it holds up pretty well in our 3DS Virtual Console Metroid review.
Wii U Retail Download
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (D3Publisher of America, $39.95)
3DS Virtual Console
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, $4.99) — This second NES Super Mario title — as it was in the West — stands apart in the main-series franchise, mainly because it was a re-skin of Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. Despite being an oddity in a series of 2D platformers, it nevertheless has plenty of deserving fans that appreciate what it can offer; Nintendo's even bringing back the playable characters' skill-sets for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Now you'll be able to play it on the go, and you can see what we thought in our recent Wii U Virtual Console Super Mario Bros. 2 review.
3DS Retail Downloads
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, $49.99) — Available from 16th July, the long awaited main-series sequel is finally arriving on the 3DS, as once again the fate of the world hangs in the balance. This RPG series is popular with many, and for those not opting for the attractive limited edition set, it's just the kind of quest that may be handy to have on the SD card. It's a complex, lengthy adventure with branching storylines, but also one that serves as a perfect starting point for series newcomers; we gave it a wholehearted recommendation in our Shin Megami Tensei IV review.
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (D3Publisher of America, $29.95)
3DS Retail Promotion
So there you have it, a slightly shorter list than normal but, nevertheless, there are some tempting options on both Wii U and 3DS. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (289 votes)
Star Wars Pinball (Wii U eShop)
Donkey Kong (Wii U Virtual Console)
Metroid (Wii U Virtual Console)
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Wii U retail download)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS Virtual Console)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS retail download)
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (3DS retail download)
Nothing for me this week
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